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5 I 8                                 AMERICAN  MOLES
Their principal food consists of earthworms, and it
out of place to quote Topsail's quaint account of the
the annelids : " When the wormes are followed by n
digging and heaving they foreknow their owne pei
fly to the superficies and very toppe of the earth, th
knowing that the molde, their adversary, dare not f<
into the liglit, so that their wit in flying their enen
than in turning agaizie when they are troade upo
lately been saidx that Moles store up earthworms f<
tiou during the winter, biting off their heads to pi
crawling away.
Seal ops, an American genus, is a Mole-like creatur
aquatic habits, as its webbed hind-feet show; it has a
tail. Apparently, like the Shrews, it has no lower ca
Condi/lura, another American  genus, is   called   th<
Mole on account of  a curious .radiating  structure   at
the snout.
JMfyogctle,   the   Desman,   is   still more  aquatic   in
connects  the  Moles with  the Shrews, though, as in r
former, it has lower canines.     It has webbed hind-feet
tail.    One species occurs in the Pyrenees, the other in
few   other   genera   (Urotrichus,   Uropsiliis,  Sca/ptoTi'i/m,
Scapasius, J?erascalo%>s) belong to the same family.
Fam. 9. Soricidae.—The true Shrews have a r
range than other families of the present order. In the
region are found jSforese, Orossopus, OTocidiircL^ Nectogo.
rogale. The first is also ISTearctic, and reaches Centr
In the Ethiopian region is the single peculiar genus M
Orocidura occurs there also. JBlarina and JWotiosoreoc are
in range ; Soriculus Oriental. CVoc'idfo'm, ^Lmirosoreac, a
Togale also enter this region. Screw has teeth tipped -v
colour, its dental formula being, according to Mr. ^
recent researches, I ^-^—3 C -J- Pin ^- M -§-= 3 2 or 34.
As compared "with other Insectivores, therefore,
remarkable fact found throughout the family is the abt
lower canines. In addition to this the genus may b<
th© family indeed—-by the large size of the first pair
In. the above formula it is possible, thinks Mr. Woo<
/fcliere mn,y "be errors; lie is not certain whether th
1 Rltsema Bos, Bivl. Centralbl. xviii. 1898, T>. GB.